If your Roper washer emits a strong smell it may be an indication of serious issues and must be handled immediately. This type of issue could arise from many various causes, such as worn-out bearings, a damaged belt or the motor. This article will explain the most frequent causes of burning smells from the Roper washer and give step-by-step instructions for how to fix the problem. It doesn’t matter if it’s an issue of minor magnitude or a major issue, we’ve got you covered. You can easily fix an issue with a Roper washer with an unpleasant smell, and go back to washing without difficulty if you use the proper steps.
Drive Belt or Spin Belt
Some models of top loading Roper washers use belts to drive the transmission. If the Roper washing machine is not agitating, then the belt may be the cause. What to do to determine that the drive belt inside a Roper washing machine requires replacement:
- Disconnect your Roper from the power source prior the it starts.
- To remove the drive belt you will need to remove the clamps holding it in place. The belt that drives the drive motor can be connected to the motor that drives it. To reach the belt you’ll be required to take off the cabinet or rear panel.
- Once you have removed it examine the belt for evidence of fraying, burning, cracks or any other damage.
- You can replace your belt using a Roper replacement belt if you have any problems.
Some top-load Roper washers employ belts to run the drain pump. The belt is typically a typical V-shaped belt, which is connected from the drive motor to a pulley on the drain pump. It could also have an idler pulley that is used to give tension to the belt. It is recommended to inspect your Roper washer’s pump belt in case you detect a rubber burning smell. How do you determine if yourRoper washer pump belt requires replacement:
- Disconnect your washer from the mains power supply and move the cabinet open.
- To inspect the pump belt Locate it and pull it off. It will be connected to the drive motor pulley To remove it, you will need to remove the clamps holding it in the position.
- If you notice any indications of wear, burn fraying, damage, or burning check your pump’s visual appearance.
- You will need a replacement Roper pump belt If your belt shows any of the following symptoms.
The drive motor utilizes an incline to rotate the drive and/or pump belts. The motor pulley is designed to make the most contact with the belts and can be constructed of metal or synthetic materials. If the pulley becomes worn or rusty, it might cause excess friction, and then overheat or cause damage to the belt causing a burning smell. How to examine the motor pulley on theRoper washing machine:
- Before you begin the examination, unplug your Roper washer.
- To examine the motor pulley, locate it and take it out. You will need to remove the cabinet in order to do this and also remove any belts that connect to the motor pulley.
- Visually inspect your motor pulley for signs of accumulations of dirt, grease or other materials, as well as for indications of wear and tear or burning.
- If you notice that your pulley has worn or damaged, you’ll need a Roper replacement pulley.
The drain pump of a Roper washer machine is used to remove the water from the wash tub before and during the spin cycle. The pump may be belt driven, motor driven, or possess an electric motor. The drain pump can be shut down in the event of an unpleasant smell emanating from the Roper washer following or during the spin cycle. The burning smell is usually caused by the movement of the belt onto the pulley for the pump in belt-driven models. For models with an electric drain pump, the smell could be due to the pump motor, and may be more of an electrical motor smell. How do you inspect the drain pump of aRoper washer?
- Disconnect the appliance’s power supply , and then pull out the cabinet or the front panel.
- Once you’ve located the pump, check all connections and hoses which are coming out of it to determine the source.
- Replace the connector and hose if there are any problems.
- If the leak is from the pump then you’ll need a Roper replacement pump.
Idler Pulley Wheel Idler Pulley Arm
Some models of top load Roper washers have an idler pulley system for tensioning the pump belt or drive belt. The idler pulley can become stuck or the idler arm is unable to pivot freely. This may cause excessive belt slippage and friction, which could result in the belt becoming overheated and producing a noxious burning smell. How to check the condition of theRoper washing machine’s idler arm and wheel:
- Verify that you have disconnected the Roper washer from its power source prior to starting by opening your washer’s cabinet.
- Check your idler’s pulley wheel and arm. Look for indications of wear, damage, cracking, or burning. To check the pulley for damage, cracks, or burning, you’ll have to take off the belt drive from the pulley.
- To disconnect the belt, tilt your idler pulley towards to the drum in order to decrease the tension and allow you to slide it off. To ensure smooth operation, check the wheel of the pulley. It should not sway or be abrasive.
- If you notice any issues in the tests above it is likely that you need Roper replacement idler arm or pulley wheel.
Direct Drive Motor Coupling
Some top load Roper washers use a direct drive motor coupling instead of a belt, to transfer the power of the motor to the. The drive coupling joins the motor to the transmission. It’s comprised of two plastic drive forks and a rubber coupling between them. The drive shaft connects to one fork while the other is connected the shaft that is used for transmission input. When the shaft of the motor rotates, the rubber coupling between the drive forks absorbs force to stop the forks from breaking. The normal use of the coupling will cause wear on the coupling. Eventually the drive forks can slide off and create an unpleasant burning smell. How do you inspect theRoper washing-machine’s direct drive motor coupling:
- As with all other inspections it is important to ensure that your Roper has been disconnected from the power source.
- To inspect your Roper washer, you will be required to disengage the coupling. To gain access to it, you’ll be required to take out all or a part of the cabinet for your washer. Depending on the model, you might be required to take out the drain pump and/or the motor.
- Examine the motor coupling to determine whether it’s showing signs of wear, cracks, burns or damage.
- If you find any issues with your motor coupling, you will need a Roper replacement direct drive motor coupling.
Some models of top load Roper washers use the clutch assembly to propel the basket of the washer during the spin cycle. If your Roper washer has a burnt smell, it could be caused by the worn-out clutch. Your washer may also emit a loud scraping sound during the spin process. A worn clutch can also be identified by shavings and brake dust under the Roper washing machines. How to examine the clutch assembly inside a Roper washer:
- Once the appliance is removed from the power source, you can open the cabinet in your Roper washer to look for the clutch assembly.
- To closely inspect the clutch assembly, you should remove it from the Roper appliance. It is located below the tub’s outer surface that is connected to the basket drive unit. You might need to take the drive motor and transmission off depending on your model.
- Check your clutch assembly for signs of damage, wear, burning fraying, or other problems.
- If you spot any of these symptoms then you’ll need a Roper replacement clutch assembly.
Glide and Spring
Some Roper washing machines use spring-and-glide arrangements for their drive motors to allow belt tensioning. The drive motor is likely to have a pivot mount attached to the base frame , and an elastic spring that provides tension. A lubricated plastic or nylon glide is attached to bottom of the motor to permit it to slide across the Roper washer base frame. This will allow the pump belt/drive belt to move slightly as the motor starts to turn on. It serves as a clutch. The belts can become hot and emit an unpleasant burning smell if they don’t slide freely. How do you inspect the glide and spring on theRoper washing machine.
- Before starting, disconnect your Roper washer.
- Remove the front of the washer in order to find the glide(s) and spring(s). The drive motor spring as well as glides usually are situated on top of the frame. They are accessible by removing the front panel.
- Make sure that the motor is positioned correctly, that the sprung are not stretched, and that there isn’t dirt or rust on the motor’s surface.
- If possible, inspect the glides for signs of wear or burn.
- Roper replacement springs are possible if you discover any problems or broken parts in these tests.
The main drive motor in most Roper washers are used to control the mechanical functions such as spin, tumble, and agitation. It can also be used for the operation of the drain pump. A fault in one of the motor’s parts could cause it to get hot and create a smell of burning. If the issue is serious it is possible that the drive motor will become overheated and fail. A common symptom associated with an unsound drive motor is a humming or buzzing sound when the motor is beginning to run. How do you check the drive motor of the Roper washing machine:
- After you’ve verified that your washer is not plugged in and unplugged, remove the cabinet from the Roper appliance.
- To test the motor of the drive remove it. A variety of wires will be connected to the drive motor. You should pull on the connectors made of metal and not the wires.
- The test will be to test the connection to the ground and the continuity of the motor. For both of these tests, your multimeter needs to be set at Rx1. To check continuity, connect the probes with motor terminals. It should give a reading near or even zero.
- You can check for a ground connection by placing one probe at the terminal and then putting the other probe on its bare metal housing. The probe should not generate any readings.
- If your multimeter readings aren’t in line with the above, you’ll need to replace the Roper drive motor.